You won't find a street in Riyadh that doesn't
have a string of shopping malls, boutiques, or markets. One of the
biggest and fanciest shopping malls in Riyadh is Al Faisaliah on
Olaya Road, which also has a fun park in the basement and is open
to families and single women only from Wednesday to Friday. Al
Mamlaka, also on Olaya Road, has a third floor Ladies Kingdom
reserved exclusively for women. The Kingdom Tower offers great
deals on luxury brands like Hugo Boss and Lacoste.
Other popular malls include Sahara Mall on King
Abdul Aziz Road, and Granada Mall near the airport. Shopping
centres can be confusing to foreign visitors, however, as most have
some restrictions on visiting hours for men, women, and families,
so it's best to be sure of restrictions before visiting.
There are two enormous sale seasons in Riyadh,
taking place at the beginning and in the middle of the year. At
these points, the shops in Riyadh offer bargains up to 90 percent
off the regular price and the malls are packed with customers.
Riyadh also has a few traditional souks, including Souk
al-Thumairi, which is most popular with tourists for its wide range
of Arabic goods and English-speaking touts. Remember in Riyadh
markets, haggling is obligatory.
Shopping in Riyadh is tax-free, so you can find
good deals on luxury brands and high-end products. Popular Riyadh
souvenirs include Persian rugs, leather goods and handbags, and